We continue from yesterday’s blog on Ananias. After making his argument to the Lord about Saul, Ananias gets further instructions on what to do because his heart was open to the Lord.
“But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of Mine to carry My name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of My name” (Acts 9:15–16).
There is a very important lesson for us to learn in this. Usually God does not give more details and important information about our mission until we are willing to obey! God’s sovereign choice of Saul and his assignment came with a very high price – SUFFERING! This was all part of God’s plan, but Ananias did not see this until he submitted to the Lord. Notice the next surprise.
“So, Ananias departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit”” (9:17).
Ananias is fully ‘on board’ with God’s plan for Saul. He also acknowledges a relationship with Saul, a notorious persecutor, that is totally new; “Brother Saul.” Are you ready to be used by God in some extraordinary situation that reveals the power and glory of God? It will require a humble, servant’s heart and mind, and a trust in God’s sovereign choosing
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